On election eve, something seemed smelly when a press conference was called this afternoon. Governor Sarah Palin, who was already found guilty of abusing her power by the Alaska Legislative Council, was found not guilty of abusing her power by the her own Alaska Personnel Board.
The report, detailing the handling of Palin’s firing of public safety commissioner Walt Monegan, was released this afternoon by Anchorage attorney Timothy Petumenos. Petumenos was hired by the Alaska Personnel Board as an independent investigator.
The Alaska Legislative Council released independent investigator Steve Branchflower’s report on October 10. That report found that Governor Palin abused her office and violated state ethics laws by allowing her husband and other staffers to pressure the public safety commissioner to fire Alaska State Trooper Mike Wooten. He had been through a nasty divorce from Palin’s sister.
She fired the commissioner but denies it had anything to do with the trooper. Palin claimed the report “vindicates” her. She said that the investigation found “no unlawful or unethical behavior on my part.”
The report detailed Monegan’s firing as well as a separate complaint from Anchorage activist Andree McLeod. That complaint alleged that state hiring practices were circumvented for a Palin supporter.
The three-member board met earlier this afternoon behind closed doors.
She fired the commissioner but denied it had anything to do with the trooper. Basically Mr. Petumenos interviewed Sarah Palin, she denied any conversation with Walt Monegan. Both were under oath in their statements. One of them lied. So, he had no evidence. He also stated there was no financial gain in the quest to fire Mr. Wooten, so it couldn’t be considered an ethics violation. Really?